Hope Star from Hope, Arkansas on April 12, 1968 · Page 9
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1. Vft* item M Will In fight fiy PKEt) S. HoPPMAN " . AP Military Writer I'' WASHINGTON (At) •- The ' : «f o h ft s o n administration's -"atoned hope for a gradual shift , of the majof war effort from * t/.S, to South Vietnamese forces '•'Is based on an assessment that 'they stood up well under the ;Viet Conf winter offensive. ' l Pentagon sources said the as* ' 'sessment was made both by "-''Gen, William C, Westmoreland • ; 'and by Gen. Creighton W, . Abrams, who will succeed West« ' -moreland as t/.s, Commander in Vietnam by July 2. The views of both generals were m.ide known to President Johnson and his top ad'/isers in personal reports at the White House during the past few Weeks, Thij sources said Secretary of Defense Clark M. Clifford was v drawing on this military judg* ment in telling newsmen Th<irs- . day of a policy decision to turn over gradually the major effort to the South Vietnamese, : Clifford stressed that it Is a long-range plan which he said . will require "a period of testing ; to ascertain whether such a sys« ; tern willwork," ; Although Clifford appeared to : be referring to a new decision, ; Pentagon sources said the new ; defense secretary had in mind i the same decision about which • Westmoreland spoke publicly : when he was In Washington last : November. i The record is replete with • U.S. expressions of confidence '-and hope that the South Viet. : ;nam's forces would shape up to ? the task of shouldering the big:J gest part of the job of turning :-back enemy military efforts to : : overwhelm the country. ;i But in the past, the Viet- :"namese forces have fallen short : of most expectations. GONG TROOPS from Page One awarded a Silver Star on the spot. - The heavy fighting broke a week-long lull in the Vietnam war and was the first major action reported In Operation Complete Victory, the biggest allied campaign of the war in which 100,000 troops are sweeping through 11 ' provinces around Saigon. ' A battalion of 25th Division infantrymen on a reconnaissance mission had taken up defensive positions for the night in a clearing of a heavily wooded area. Listening posts detected a heavy movement on the west side of the perimeter about 2:40 a.m. shortly after, waves of Viet Cong threw themselves at the camp. The fighting lasted until 7:30 a.m. Shortly after the Viet Cong broke contact, tanks and armored personnel carriers reinforced the infantrymen and began sweeping the battlefield. A U.S. spokesman said the enemy troops were wearing new uniforms, some of them black and some of them green. He said their weapons also were new or in good condition, indicating the troops were recent replacements who had come down the Ho Chi Minh Trail from North Vietnam through Laos and Cambodia. Support for Rockefeller Barber, tikes In Runntng Mounting 'LITTLE ROCK (AP) - Gov, Winthrop Rockefeller informed Sen, Tliruston Morton, R-Ky,, THE TOP TEN Beit-selling lecoids oi I he weed bdfec* o n ' su'vi "V««ng (,'irl," In ion (i "|-»il.v «* Top* ," Manfred "| In 1 Mu'm , "llu 1 Hallad u\ Uuuuii' l-W Vim'u' Bvt» (r oi llu- »«)." t-i •Mv*n'« I !•»»* VMM." , Ga, (AP)- Miller Barber of Texarkana, Ark,, and R, H, Slkes of Springdale, Ark,, may have to improve on their first round scores today if they are to survive the 36-hole cut in the 32nd Masters Golf Tour* nament, Both Barber and Sikes had ^5s Thursday, Barber shot 39' 36 while Sikes had 38*37, Both were tied with several others for 38th place, Billy Casper shot a four*un* der*par 68 Thursday to grab the first-round lead, Snatching Army Payroll Really Hurts By GEORGE McARTHUR Associated Press Writer DONG TAM, Vietnam (AP)~ Snatching an Army payroll is hardly the way for a sergeant to win a medal — unless the payroll belongs to the enemy. Slow-spoken Platoon Sgt. Lawrence Nine wasn't thinking about anything of the sort when he cut down a Viet Cong with a burst from his M16. It was near the end of a hard day's slogging beneath a sweltering Mekong Delta sun. The 33-year-old marksman from Columbia, S.C., was content with bagging one of the elusive Viet Cong and capturing his companion. "I went up to make sure he was dead and pick up his weapon," Nine says. "Then all this money fell out and I yelled 'We got a paymaster.' We bundled it back up and got out." When Nine brought the money back to battalion headquarters the staff in the squad tent erupted like college boys after winning the big game. There were shouts and corny jokes and everybody gathered around the battered olive-drab field table where the money was dumped — neat bundles of notes adding up to 358,000 piasters, equivalent to more than $3,000. Lt. Col. William T. Leggett, Rocky Mount, N.C., commander of the 2nd Battalion, 39th Infantry, 9th Division, happily jumped the radio network to brigade with the good news. The money would be heading back along with the prisoner and a stack of documents as soon as a helicopter arrived. > By nightfall the prisoner was being questioned and the brigade commander, Col. Henry Emerson of Milford, Pa., who won the name "The Gunflghter" during a previous tour in Vietnam, was cooking up an evening's skullduggery. "Get 'em where it hurts," chortled the lanky, ex-airborne soldier who takes as much pleasure in outsmarting the Viet Cong as he does in outfighting them. The documents showed the money was the payroll of the 514th Viet Cong main-force battalion, an outfit Emerson's men had been working on for weeks. Before midnight, Emerson had a psychological warfare plane lazily circling above the Viet Cong's marshy hideouts. "You're not going to get your pay this month," a Vietnamese voice boomed from the plane's powerful loud-speaker. "We killed your paymaster this afternoon." Next day leaflets were prepared to spread the message and spread discontent. "That's the kind of operation I like," beamed Emerson "Something hard. Something those guys can understand," Nine's commander put him in for a modal, Thursday that he would be "flattered and honored" to accept an appointment to the Rockefeller for President Committee, The group is trying to obtain the Republican presidential nomination for Gov, Nelson Rockefeller of New York, a brother to the Arkansas govej> nor, "This unexpected and unso* licited support for Rockefeller for president touches me deep* ly and I feel win be of inestimable value to me as a fa* vorite son candidate from the great state of Arkansas," Rockefeller told Morton in a tele, gram, Wi Wish to express our sincere thanks and appreciation IP? jjyery service and Wwtaess rendered by our mmy f r i eac j s awi neighbors aud especially the Dr, and nurses, during fee test; of o«r loved one. Jack Cornelius and Family to Weigh Reaction to lights Bill urTLfc KUUK. (AP) - GOV, Winthrop Rockefeller indicated Thursday he would weigh the reaction of Congress and President Johnson to the recent Civil Rights bill before drafting any legislation to deal with racial tension in the state, Rockefeller said he had nothing in mind at this time to offer next month's special ses* sion concerning the racial situa« tion, The governor said he would have to study existing material before deciding how to tailor to the fair housing provisions of the Civil Rights bill to fit At- kansas. "I don't think the people of Arkansas are jumping up and down for an open housing bill," Rockefeller said. He said, however, that he felt the state would comply with the fair housing provision. Rockefeller began encouraging department heads to hire more Negroes for state jobs following the assassination last week of Dr, Martin Luther King Jr. Rockefeller said Thursday he would discuss the situation further next Tuesday at a meet- with employes of the Employment Security Division, Merit System Council and the state personnel director. Negro leaders from throughout the state and the governor's Council on Human Resources are scheduled to meet Thursday and offer their recommendations to the governor. Rockefeller said some people had told him he over-reacted in the wake of the assassination of King. "I will continue to stand for law and order but I also will do all I can to reduce a situation we've all known about but chose to ignore because it was distasteful," Rockefeller said. The governor said State Police Director Ralph Scott told him he had heard more rumors in the state during the past week than in his 30 years of law enforcement experience. Rockefeller warned newsmen about heeding the rumors. Rockefeller also said he had MOST OF From (Page 1) "They got ma. They shot me in my back." 4. Clayton W?bb Jr., 27, a meat picking plant employe, went out Friday in his bedroom slippers to get some beer. Several hours .later police found him shot to death in a South Side alley. His mother said, "Clayton was never in trouble. He drank, but he was all right. I don't know what happened to the child." Neither dopoUce. 5. Willie MeMuHln, 21, had been in Chicago a year since he left his home in Dundee, Miss. He worked in a m^at packing comjnny. "Two woeks ago he got a better job at a steel mill In Gary," his cousin said. "He was oa top of the world." McMullin was found dead Friday of smoke inhalation in a looted, destroyed grocery store on the West Side. "He couldn't have been a looter," Ids cousin said. "He ju.3t got his first paycheck from the steel mill that diy." 6. Ponowel Holloway, 16, was shot and killed by po'.ice wliile he was looting a store oa the West Side, He was a sophomore at Marshall High School. 7. Cyrus Hatfield, 32, left McClaln, Miss,, in 1955. He m'.ssed Mississippi and bought a home in McClain where his wife and five children lived, waiting fo: htm to return.. Hatfield's body was found in the ruins of women's aptxirel shop w'u'ch hid been looted aod set on fire. A bullet was in his chest, 8. John Sandlfer, 24, bled to death in a gutter oa Roosevelt Roal, a»par«ntly from 3. huge gash !n his knee. Police said he m xy have been ;i looter who cut him.j3lf on broken windowa In oii3 of the stores w!ilch Hud been looted. No one claimod riis body at the nv.rgue. 9. Paul Evans, 22, was shot to daath Friday inside a burned out store ou the Weot Side, police were investigating his death. 10. Everett Austin, 11 montlis, foond burned to diath in his crib in .1 third floor apartment on the West Side, The fire w.is apparently deliberate, Mrs. Austin wu> jrtaying in a nearby apa-Un."it. "Tlore was no way I could g'.'t to my baby," she said. H. Mrs. Barbai-i Wa'ker, 25, \viio •A'as sUot an'l killed jy nor brother, Oscar King, 27, wliile they wore driving •>!! the Kennedy Expressway. Cook County Co/o.ier Andrew J. Towu.i -U- tribu'.«l Mrs, Walker's de-ith to the rioting because ha sitd her bioth?r hai] beeu worked nto a fre;wy by the disturbances. HOP! (AUK) STAR, not planned any extra safety precations for the April 20 visit to Little Rock by former Ala* bama Gov, George Wallace, "I think we could do without this Wallace confusion before or after the King tragedy," Rocke* feller said, Wallace is attempting to get on the November ballot as a third party presidential candidate. King Slaying Suspect Pickup Order Reversed By GAVLORD SHAW Associated Press Writer MEMPHIS, Tenn, (AP) The FBI issued, then withdrew, a pickup order for firic Starve Gait, a Birmingham, Ala., white man as the widescale investigation of the assassination of Dr, Martin Luther King Jr., entered its second week. Federal agents refused to say why they were seeking Gait. The bulletin distributed on the statewide police teletype network in Florida said Gait was driving a white Mustang, Witnesses in Memphis told investigators earlier they saw a man in a white Mustang drive away from the rooming house from which King was shot last Thursday night. At about the same time the pickup order was sent in Florida, federal agents in Atlanta impounded a white Mustang that had been parked since last Friday at a public housing project near the Georgia state Capitol. The message, withdrawn with the explanation that it was released by mistake, described Gait as a white male, 36 years old, about 5-foot-ll and 175 pounds with blue eyes and brown hair. This roughly matched the description circulated by federal authorities the night of King's slaying. Special Agent John Hanlong of the Miami FBI office, who withdrew the pickup order about four hours after it was issued, said, "I cannot comment," when asked for further details. The Florida teletype message said Gait was last seen driving a white 1966 Mustang hardtop, Alabama license 1-38993. Birmingham police said this tag had been issued to Eric S. Gait, 2608 Highland Ave., Birmingham. • •••-,.:In Atlanta, the residents who first told police about the abandoned white Mustang said the car bore the same Alabama li^ cense as given out by the FBI and bore two stickers which said "Tourista." Earlier reports indicated the investigation had spread to Mexico. "The FBI was all over the place," before the car was impounded, an Atlanta witness said. He said the vehicle was towed away between 5:15 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Thursday-about the time the Florida teletype message was sent. Witnesses in Memphis who reported seeing a white Mustang pull away from the rooming house said the car had a red and white license plate. Alabama tags are red and white. The Birmingham address given for Gait is a large white two-, story house in what once was an elite residential area. A red neon sign flashes the word "rooms," but a knock on the door was unanswered. A Birmingham newspaper, the Post-Herald, said residents of the rooming house confirmed they had been questioned by the FBI. It added the residents reported they had not seen Gait for about three months and could not recall what type car he owned. 57 Printing Contracts Prifltid * Offset frnJty *0fii 12, t96i Cemeteries Key to Genealogical Projects Awarded LITTLE ROCK (AP) - Fifty- seven contracts were awarded Thirsday by the state Printing Committee, leaving four contracts yet to be awarded, The Committee awarded five contracts last week but State Auditor Jirnmie Jones said he was holding up som- requisitions for typwriter ribbon and carbon paper under Contract 63. He said he was waitinj 0.1 a ruling from Aliy. Gen. Joe Pur» cell on whether tha contract ordered til typewriter ribbon and carbon paper. Jones said the wording of the contract m.'^ht be interpreted to m ,in (hit certain typas of productions would be purchased Contract 40, Contrast 40, the largest of the state printing contracts, includes blank stationery and office supplies. It was wju by Pi'.rkin Printing and Stationery Co. .John L Sullivan's last bare- knuckle championship bout was j/i 18«9, |jf dek'iited Jake Kilruin in the 75th round Hempstead County Extension Homemaker Council leaders make plans for cooperating with State E. H. Genealogical Project. Mrs. A. B. King, County Project Chairman, is shown directing club leadership in makingplans for securing genealogical information from all cemeteries in Hempstead County. The Extension Homemaker Council in making this compilation will record the early history of Arkansas for a per- — Photos by Delores McBride with Star Camera manent record and assist people in locating burial plots of relatives. It will also serve as a reference for those looking for "family tree" data. Dr. John L. Ferguson, State Historian, Arkansas History Commission, stated that this would be invaluable to their department as they receive numerous calls every week for this type information. Shover Springs Extension Homemaker Club members are shown securing names, birth and death dates from markers in the Shover Springs Cemetery. In front center are Mrs, Mullins and Mrs. King. Shover Springs members assisting are Mrs. Poindexter, Patricia East, Mrs, Dillard, Mrs, Mangum, Mrs. Johnson, Mrs. East and Mrs, Dillard. Extension Homemaker Clubs over the county will be visiting cemeteries during April and May to get this information, Anyone having helpful information about locating cemeteries in county area should write Mrs. A. B. KJngj Rt. J» Hope, Arkansas. Mrs. Wilton Mullins, County Extension HomemakerPres- county listing of all markers. The county listing will be ident, and Mrs. A, B, King, County Cemetery Project added to a state compilation and information made avail- Chairman, identify marker. This will becomo a part of a able to the public. Shover Springs Extension Homemaker members receive instructions from Mrs. A. B, King for recording information from cemetery markers. Pictured left to right are Mrs. Nell Johnson, Mrs. Bob Dillard, Mrs. Clifton East, Mrs. Gene Dillard, Mrs. Hornor Poindexter, Mrs. Floyd Manyum Patricia East, Mrs. Wilton Mullins and Mrs. King. Mrs. King says many families have members who are interested In their "family tree". They find themselves looking through old family Bibles, talkingtu the older family members, aud soniatim-j.s trying to get information from cemotery markers. Much interest lias been shown by Heuipstead County Reside/its.

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